Last week, I went running beachside.
It was just a little past sunrise, which happens to be my most favorite time to run: such good God time, and I’m not dripping sweat before I start the run.

As I turned around at my landmark, The Crowne Plaza, I was mystified.
The sky was the best shade of Crayola blue and the puffy white clouds seemed to be filled with whipped cream, not rain.

But lo and behold, despite the sun dancing on the waves like little diamond-soled-ballerinas, I was baptized by tiny, warm raindrops that appeared out of thin air–literally.

As I ran, I smiled, recalling the blessing and beauty of sunshine and rain independent of one another, and their spectacular union, too: a rainbow.

My mind wandered…

Rain. It’s a sign of blessing in the Bible–and man, how many ways has God blessed my life!?!?

Whenever I see rainbows, I’m always mesmerized. And to think that the first rainbow was a covenantal sign from God with Noah!? How about Noah building that boat when there was no rain in sight nor any body of water…?!?!

Things aren’t always what they seem. The sun was beaming and the sky was clear, yet there were rain clouds and rain drops that would’ve likely not been detected unless under them…

The first signature on my Hotmail email account was, “It takes sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.” I always loved this phrase because it was a great reminder that the good and bad situations of life would make something beautiful. (Hello, Rom 8:28!)

And just as I ended the run and my random and mindless reflection time (there were a lot more thoughts, mostly about how glad I was that the waves were drowning the soundtrack of my out-of-shape-panting) a rainbow ribbon appeared through the clouds.

While not a full arched rainbow, this colorful sliver was a beautiful sign that God’s covenant is for me, too.  

He remembers me.
And He remembers you, too, sunshine.

If you feel like you are stuck under a cloud right now, I want to remind you that sunshine and rain will make a beautiful rainbow, when The Light is in the right position.

Keep your eyes on the horizon.
Keep your eyes on Him.
Wait in hopeful expectation for your rainbow to appear.

With rainbows of love,

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant
between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth
and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant
between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.
Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”
Gen 9: 13-15